Icon Helios StreamlinerWhen it comes to truly, genuinely interesting automotive design and craftsmanship, Icon is one of the finest outfits in the game. We've covered the company and its founder, Jonathan Ward, in the past, and have remarked on just how fully and intricately done the automotive art it turns out is. The company's next big thing, though, is a far cry from the modified Land Rovers and Chevy Thriftmaster pickups.

The sketches you see above are of the Helios, Icon's latest mad creation. While still remarkably early in the planning phases, it's safe to say that the streamlined, Art Deco-inspired, boat-tailed (every vehicle should be boat-tailed) coupe is the company's single most ambitious vehicle yet.

"Although almost all of our projects thus far have been recreations inspired by vintage vehicles, I am fascinated about the concept of revisiting history in our own way," Ward told Jalopnik staffer and former Autoblog editor Damon Lavrinc. "The most interesting way to do this is by celebrating a particular era of design, or design language."

Technically speaking, the era that Ward is referring to never existed.

It's a world where there was no Black Friday, or Great Depression or second world war. Instead, man's fascination with aircraft and aerodynamics soldiered on untarnished by war and poverty, translating to four-wheeled creations so extreme they'd make the radical, rocket-inspired designs of the 1950s blush.

It is a stunning concept as a simple vehicle – you could drop this onto a Honda Civic platform and it'd still be a marvel. But it's Ward's plan for a powertrain that ups the already ample dose of outlandishness inherent in the Helios.

"In keeping with the founding premise at ICON, of fusing vintage design with the best modern drive experience and technology, I can think of no better platform to build this on, than the Tesla," Ward told Jalopnik.

In particular, Ward is targeting the upcoming Model X.

"I want to take the new Model X platform – so selectable AWD, 380-mile range, pure electric – and fuse it with this lost language," Ward said, adding that he's actively trying to score a meeting with Tesla founder Elon Musk and that he "will move mountains to figure out how to get [it] built."

Here's hoping that he can make that happen, because the automotive world sorely needs something this wild, this extreme and this utterly, utterly breathtaking.

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      Jaybird248
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a break this is from today's me-too designs. I can just see this thing gliding up to the country club entrance. Just breathtaking!
        SloopJohnB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jaybird248
        Heh..it would be so quiet the valet parkers would ignore it. So it needs a Merlin V12 soundtrack…..
      fastz28
      • 1 Year Ago
      I see cues from 1925 Rolls Royce Phantom Jonchheere 1938 Bentley Embiricos Coupe 1398 Talbot Lago 1938 Hispano-Suiza H6C concept and lots of Delahaye's
      Joeviocoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      With that huge front end and that grille... it is obviously designed for an Internal Combustion engine... and NOT for a skateboard drive train like Tesla Motors. The whole Tesla mention, is a gimmick. There is nothing about this beautiful car that is compatible with Tesla Motors... and the mention was purely a stunt to appear groundbreaking, edgy, trendy, hip, futuristic, etc. At best, Ward figures Elon has some tips at building an automaker from scratch. But Elon Musk and Henrik Fisker have a sorted past... and Elon knows that a new EV automaker must have Engineering creds way before artistic creds. You don't build a beautiful car, and throw a EV drive train underneath.... you let the minimalist drive train create "opportunity space" that can be made beautiful. This design is a throwback to when cars needed a LOT of space in the engine compartment. EVs won't need to go down that road.
        Jitster
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        This is likely to be a one-off project or a very small run of cars, not a mass production vehicle which seems to be what you are arguing against. It's Mr Wards passion project, a work of of art/imagination ... and as such does not need to explain itself. I'd love to see it happen and I would not be surprised to see more and more coachbuilders use the EV/Tesla platform in future. Oh and all that space that you say is meant for a huge engine could for example be used for luggage.
        victoracer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        @joeviocoe, It's technically /sordid past/ which is defined as: "involving ignoble actions and motives; arousing moral distaste and contempt." So while i guess Henrik Fisker did allegedly make some business and financial blunders that cost him the solvency of the brand (of which was exacerbated by the company's near total loss via Hurricane Sandy's destruction of their fleet)... I just don't feel like Elon deserves to be cast in the same light. I mean, he's obviously eccentric, driven, maybe even ostentatious... but ignoble? I just don't see it. Something else to consider: Since this isn't his ICON's first electric powered vehicle, It seems to me that they're looking to work with Tesla not because of the gimmickry of electric vehicles, but maybe because they seem to have a interest in the technology itself.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      First retro EV.
      stecki3d
      • 1 Year Ago
      i like that it looks like icon still does hand drawn marker vellum renderings and not computer sketches. looks like even gouache painted highlights. ah the old days...
      Vassilis Alex
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really hope they make it. It would be stunning!
      Lab Rat
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yup, That's a boner in my pants.
      fuzzyfish6
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like Icon, but this is a 85% copy of the Chrysler Atlantic...
      Eggmania
      • 1 Year Ago
      its like a mashup of a plymouth prowler and a pt cruiser. 0 chance Musk lets this thing tarnish a Tesla powertrain.
      jeff
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a great idea....
        Koenigsegg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jeff
        ya if this was during the cold war
          SloopJohnB
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Koenigsegg
          Steampunk yea!
          methos1999
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Koenigsegg
          I think I just realized - Koenigsegg is actually our old loopy friend Dan Frederickson. His hatred of anything that is not in his mind an "aerodynamic EV" stinks of DF. Perhaps he's taken the screen name of a gas guzzling supercar company to throw us all off the scent.
      Joeviocoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ward is NOT an engineer, but a designer. Sound familiar Mr. Fisker? You cannot just throw a platform of some unknown extreme mass and aerodynamic brickness... onto a Tesla drive train and give it credibility.
        NestT
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        Icon is a niche coachbuilder. Unlike Fisker, Icon has no pretense of becoming an OEM. It does not need credibility from the green car community or anyone else other than a handful of well heeled customers.
      Koenigsegg
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Model S is breathtaking, we dont need this nor want this lol
        jeff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        No you don't want it..... You do not speak for everyone...
        victoracer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        you're only speaking for yourself on that one...
        Mr Hill
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        I do believe he wanted to use the upcoming model X not the S
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